Ojo Amarillo Elementary School’s Navajo language program’s goals are for all children to become bilingual in Navajo. Ojo Amarillo Elementary School recognizes its students’ strengths by acknowledging all students at the quarterly school wide awards recognition assemblies. The principal and staff make every effort to recognize students in some way for their efforts and success.
Ojo Amarillo Elementary School’s Navajo language classes implement multiple unique instructional strategies, which are:
1. Hands on experiential learning;
2. Integrating Culture-Based Arts/Activities into target language instruction;
3. Navajo Literacy Nights;
4. Use of realia, visual aids, and reading materials in Navajo.
Ojo Amarillo Elementary School has established an upward trajectory from being a D school in 2011-2012 to being a B school. The school has maintained this school grade of B for two academic school years now. Fifty-three percent (53%) of English learners showed proficiency in Reading and 48% in Math. The school community is enthusiastic and dedicated to their profession. Additionally, teachers are striving to create a more culturally sensitive environment in order to work with diverse, and particularly Native American, students.